National Council for Scientific Research -CNRS, Lebanon
Secretary General: Mouin Hamzé
Address: 59, Zahia Salmane street, Jnah.
P.O. Box: 11-8281, Riad El Solh
1107 2260, Beirut, Lebanon.
Phone: (+961 1) 850125; Fax: (+961 1) 822842;
The National Council for Scientific Research was established in 1962
as a central science policy-making public institution under the authority
of the Prime Minister and granted administrative and financial autonomy.
It has two major functions:
- Advisory Function: The CNRS draws the general outline of the National
Science Policy and formulates proposals and suggestions to the government
and carries out surveys and inventories of on-going research activities
in private and public institutions in the country.
- Executive Function: Consists basically in the implementation of the
National Science Policy. To achieve this objective, the CNRS initiates,
encourages and coordinates research. In addition, it leads and organizes
scientific research activities within its defined work programs.
Mission and Purpose:
The objectives of CNRS are:
• To draw the general outline of a national science and research
• To advise the government on any issue concerning science and
national science policy;
• To carry out surveys and inventories of on-going research;
• To formulate work programs in cooperation with the concerned
ministries and the private sector;
• To initiate and encourage scientific research in the theoretical
and applied aspects of basic, social and behavioral sciences.
The CNRS consists of two main divisions:
• The Board of Administration
• The General Secretariat
In addition, the CNRS manages and runs the following research centers:
- Center for Marine Sciences
- Center for Geophysics
- Center for Remote Sensing
- Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission
• Scholarship Grant Program for advanced studies and research;
• Research Grant Program for research support;
• CNRS Associate Research Units Program in cooperation with top
ranking laboratories in the country
The CNRS is in the process of finalizing a New Science and Technology
Innovation Policy. Its implementation will start in 2005 and will continue
until 2009. This new policy is based on cooperation between relevant Government
institutions, the scientific community (universities) and the private
sector (industry, agriculture, services, etc…).
Cooperative Programs have been initiated with the British Royal Society
(UK), CNRS (France), Russian Academy of Science (Russia), National Science
Foundation (USA), Ford Foundation (USA), Royal Scientific Society (Jordan),
IAEA, ICARDA, ICSU, ALECSO, ACSAD, CIHEAM, UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP and others.